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Mobile Professional Voluntarism and International Development

Killing Me Softly?

Authors: Ackers, Louise, Ackers-Johnson, James

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  • Analyzes aid by focusing on human giving through donations of embodied knowledge, i.e. volunteer time and expertise, rather than financial instruments
  • Presents direct evidence from managing and evaluating the Sustainable Volunteering Project, which has has deployed over 40 UK volunteers across the Ugandan Maternal and Newborn Hub
  • Offers valuable policy recommendations aimed at volunteer deployment agencies in the UK and beyond
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This book is open access under a CC BY license.

This book explores the impact that professional volunteers have on the low resource countries they choose to spend time in. Whilst individual volunteering may be of immediate benefit to individual patients, this intervention may have detrimental effects on local health systems; distorting labour markets, accentuating dependencies and creating opportunities for corruption. Improved volunteer deployment may avoid these risks and present opportunities for sustainable systems change. The empirical research presented in this book stems from a specific volunteering intervention funded by the Tropical Health Education Trust and focused on improving maternal and newborn health in Uganda. However, important opportunities exist for policy transfer to other contexts.

About the authors

Helen Louise Ackers holds a Chair in Global Social Justice at the University of Salford, UK.  She has been actively involved in high impact social research for many years with a focus on the mobilities of the highly skilled and knowledge mobilisation processes. For the past eight years, she has been actively applying this expertise to the specific context of professional voluntarism and its impact on maternal and newborn health in Uganda.

James Ackers-Johnson holds a project management role at the University of Salford, UK. His background is in Business, Economics and Management. He has been involved in managing Global Health related projects in Uganda and India for the past seven years, focusing primarily on professional volunteer deployment, staff exchanges, capacity building, infrastructure development and the management of UK student elective placements.



Table of contents (5 chapters)

Table of contents (5 chapters)
  • Mobile Professional Voluntarism and International Development ‘Aid’

    Pages 1-19

    Ackers, Helen Louise (et al.)

  • ‘First do no Harm’: Deploying Professional Volunteers as Knowledge Intermediaries

    Pages 21-50

    Ackers, Helen Louise (et al.)

  • Fetishising and Commodifying ‘Training’?

    Pages 51-78

    Ackers, Helen Louise (et al.)

  • Can (imported) Knowledge Change Systems? Understanding the Dynamics of Behaviour Change

    Pages 79-111

    Ackers, Helen Louise (et al.)

  • Iterative Learning: ‘Knowledge for Change’?

    Pages 113-149

    Ackers, Helen Louise (et al.)

Buy this book

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  • ISBN 978-1-137-55833-6
  • This book is an open access book, you can download it for free on link.springer.com
Hardcover £20.00
price for United Kingdom (gross)
  • ISBN 978-1-137-55832-9
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Usually dispatched within 3 to 5 business days.

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Mobile Professional Voluntarism and International Development
Book Subtitle
Killing Me Softly?
Authors
Copyright
2017
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan US
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s)
eBook ISBN
978-1-137-55833-6
DOI
10.1057/978-1-137-55833-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-1-137-55832-9
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 173
Number of Illustrations
2 b/w illustrations, 11 illustrations in colour
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